Thursday, June 19, 2008

Williamsburg

GAVEL TO GAVEL

Safe at home Comment.
Williamsburg

McCarren Park grooves with MIA, Cutie and many more

While the empty expanse that is the pool at McCarren Park will one day be filled again through renovations by the city Parks Department beginning the end of this year, this summer, concerts are on at the pool-cum-venue, with top acts coming out to the North Brooklyn spot once again for both ticketed and free events. Comment.
Williamsburg

Jonah Smith comes to Union Hall

For the past several years, Jonah Smith has been perfecting his craft – polished, rootsy, country-twinged folk tunes – from his base in Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Celebrate Brooklyn at 30

Celebrate Brooklyn! culminates 30 years this summer with a season that exemplifies the singular variety of music, dance, film and multimedia works the festival brings to the Prospect Park Bandshell — programming that is deliberately representative of the borough’s tremendous cultural diversity. Comment.
Williamsburg

Turning up the heat

Sun maidens Yevgeniya Grofimova, 18, (left) and Sasha Zlotina, 19, could moonlight as meteorologists if their frolic on Coney Island beach is any barometer. The pretty pals soaked in the sun as they struck a pose near the famed Parachute Jump. Comment.
Williamsburg

Tenants, owners clash - Renters, pols call for moratorium on rent increases

Owners and tenants clashed after several tenant groups called for the suspension of rent increases at the Rent Control Board Hearings in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night. Comment.
Williamsburg

Show your pride at multicultural fest - Brooklyn Pride coming to Park Slope on June 14; celebrates borough’s diversity

New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment.
Williamsburg

Senate race is on in BK - Alliances form as locals look to unseat Martin Connor

You never know what’s going to happen at the Lambda Independent Democrats. Comment.
Williamsburg

See summerstarz at McCarren Park

Town Square’s SummerStarz 2008 is just around the corner. The 2008 program will start July 9, so mark your calendars to spend for 10 Wednesday summer evenings on the lawn in McCarren Park, Lorimer Street and Bedford Avenue. Comment.
Williamsburg

Local nurse a shining example for home care

The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR) named Alisa Huggins the winner of the statewide “Caring Award” for her exemplary work as a community health nurse. Comment.
Williamsburg

LICH not an ‘afterthought’ - Staff claims mismanagement by Continuum Health Partners

Three members of Congress joined medical staff of a cash-strapped Downtown Brooklyn hospital last week saying they want to sever the relationship between the hospital and the institution’s management consortium. Comment.
Williamsburg

Keeping the pulse of the community

The SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn held a Cultural Health Fair to celebrate the center’s patient diversity and committed staff. Comment.
Williamsburg

Holocaust remembered - Brooklyn survivors unite at somber ceremony

Nearly 1,000 Holocaust survivors and many others filled Borough Park’s Temple Young Israel-Beth El recently for a somber remembrance of the Holocaust. Comment.
Williamsburg

Former BP aid throws in hat for seat - Yvonne Graham, resigned special assistant to Markowitz, to run to succeed him

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment.
Williamsburg

Family fun for all at BWCC field day

More than 600 students, parents and teachers from the Beginning with Children and Williamsburg communities convened at the playground at Beginning with Children Charter School (BwCCS) for the school’s family field day. Comment.
Williamsburg

Long waits top Wyckoff’s concerns

A few months ago, Tom Perrin fell down the stairs in his home and suffered a knee injury. After waiting in the emergency room at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center (374 Stockholm Street) for eleven hours, he received a hospital bed. Comment.
Williamsburg

Cut the budget cuts - Pols urge fund restoration

Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment.
Williamsburg

Condo sales on the rise in North BK

Defying a slow housing market throughout the nation, Brooklyn’s housing market is still robust, according to recently released quarterly statistics from the real estate website ResidentialNYC.com. Comment.
Williamsburg

BK super delegates for Obama - Borough democrats back Barack after Hillary Clinton drops bid for presidency

In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment.
Williamsburg

Best park in Bklyn - Vote for McCarren in contest

Yes, Americans are in full-fledged voter fatigue after the interminable Democratic primaries, but for Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents, it’s time to gird up to rock the vote once again. Comment.
Williamsburg

Beep ode to Brookln’s Award-winning poets

Budding Walt Whitmans were lauded for their award-winning odes during a poetry celebration at Borough Hall. Comment.
Williamsburg

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater back in the Brooklyn fold

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presented citations and proclamations to celebrate the return of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Comment.
Letters

Hands off my dollar

Stanley Gershbein, (“It’s Only My Opinion”), I really appreciate your addressing the use of food stamps to purchase more costly products than regular consumers can afford. I have been noticing it for the longest time and it makes my blood boil. Comment.
Letters

A weighty decision

I’ve been following the Methodist church news. It’s most interesting that the Bay Ridge United Methodist is meeting at Good Shepherd. Comment.
Letters

Animals in need

This is in response to Arthur Goldberg’s recent letter, regarding a neglected dog, and a very caring person, Tammy Grimes, who rescued this abused animal. Comment.
Letters

All in a day’s work

So, now we know some of what Dom Recchia got in return for screwing over Staten Islanders when he voted for congestion pricing. Comment.
Letters

Ace crime-busters

My purse was stolen, recently, when I walked out of the Chase Manhattan Bank on Sheepshead Bay Road. Comment.
Williamsburg

NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - Raging, hot-flashing monster makes Hulk look tame

I don’t do heat well. In fact, to be honest, when the temperature gets above 68 degrees I become a raving lunatic. So it should come as no surprise that this past weekend when temperatures soared above 90 degrees, I was a little bit testy. Normally I would just take a dip in the pool or plant myself in front of the air-conditioner vent with the ceiling fan on high, a cold drink in one hand and the other holding a cold cloth to my head. Comment.
Williamsburg

IT’S ONLY MY OPINION - TV can teach you to be a real operator

One of the primary goals of a television commercial is to get the right message to the right people at the right time … to sell a product or service … mostly to make a profit. For several months there’s been a commercial that starts with a surgeon talking on the telephone - “First you make a three inch incision …..” Comment.
Williamsburg

A BRITISHER’S VIEW - ‘Summit’ needs to call for black attitude change

“Shootings and violence within our community by one of our own is an outrage and an issue that we must confront as diligently and as passionately as a sensational case of police misconduct or brutality.” Comment.
Williamsburg

CONSUMERS’ CORNER - Summer savings galore

If Brooklyn’s red-hot deals don’t get you into the shops this week that the blessedly cool air-conditioning should. While you’re why not check out these exciting deals. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘The Strangers’ sneaks up on you

Silence cuts like a butcher knife in “The Strangers,” an unsettling, well-crafted film that finds terror not by dumping buckets of blood, but by employing restraint. Comment.
Williamsburg

Take a twirl with Astaire & Rogers

red Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced together in 10 films and into movie history. Film historian Phillip Harwood will present film clips of legendary performances by Astaire and Rogers and he will take you behind the scenes of movies such as “Top Hat,” “Swing Time,” and “Shall We Dance.” Comment.
Williamsburg

A ‘sketchy’ Zohan

he way comedian Adam Sandler sees it, there’s only one person who can bring peace to the Middle East. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Roots’ of the African diaspora

s people from diverse ethnic groups were brought from Africa to what would become the U.S., they brought a steady stream of knowledge, more precious than the mythical seeds said to be stored in their hair during the Middle Passage. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Holy Holes: Absolute stalls’

umbo Arts Center announces a new show, “Holy Holes: Absolute Stalls” curated by Denise Carvalho, June 14-August 3 with an opening reception June 14 from 6-9 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Urban walking tours

he Center For The Urban Environment (formerly BCUE), now at its new location at 168 Seventh Street in Brooklyn, continues its season with a host of walks throughout the borough and beyond. Comment.
Williamsburg

Steel wheels & red birds

he New York Transit Museum’s ‘50 Years to Far Rockaway’, ‘Coney Island Bound!’ and ‘Multi-Anniversary Tour of the IRT’ highlights the “Summer Nostalgia Train Excursions,” June 15, July 13 and August 2. Comment.
Williamsburg

Roses like none others at BBG

une is Rose Month at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG). Comment.
Williamsburg

One group of ‘Lucky Shots’

he Gallery at Harriet’s presents its latest exhibition, “Lucky Shots,” the culmination of more than a decade of Mike Schreiber’s diverse work as a photographer. Comment.
Williamsburg

Grocery shopping with Steve

aturalist and author, “Wildman” Steve Brill, will lead one of his world-famous “Wild Food and Ecology Tours” of Prospect Park, June 21 (and repeated on July 6 and July 19). Comment.
Williamsburg

Free Cultural fun

ome to Cultural Mix 2008 at Prospect Park, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It all happens on the Bowling Green at the Prospect Park Parade Grounds, with The Prospect Park Alliance Youth Council’s showcasing the tremendous diversity of the city. And it’s all free. Comment.
Williamsburg

Crafts Festival

he 32nd Annual American Crafts Festival At Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park will be open to the public on two consecutive Saturdays and Sundays, June 14-15 and 21-22, 12-9 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays, with different craft displays each weekend. Comment.
Williamsburg

Carnegie concerts

his spring and summer, Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series offers free concerts in Brooklyn, with performances scheduled through June 29. Comment.
Williamsburg

BK ‘Au Natural’

he diaphanous veil of civilization that we call Brooklyn will be gently, but firmly, removed as nine exceptionally strong artists, each in his or her own way, will reveal “Brooklyn Au Natural” — an exuberant and exultant salute to nature in New York’s most bodacious borough. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Shaker Loops’

enowned for defying convention, Brooklyn Philharmonic Music Director Michael Christie and the Brooklyn Philharmonic will continue to embrace the unexpected by performing a free outdoor concert, which includes a performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams’ celebrated piece, “Shaker Loops,” accompanied by a synchronized fireworks display, June 14 at 8 p.m. at New York City’s South Street Seaport. The event is free to all. Comment.
Williamsburg

Viva vino: Hop aboard the Little Wine Bus with pals

hile Brooklyn may not be wine country, it doesn't take much to get out to one. Comment.
Williamsburg

Union Hall invites you to come and ‘Name That Tune’

n a Sunday night in April in the small performing space at the Park Slope bar/venue Union Hall, teams of music hipsters sat in chairs with pieces of paper and something to write with in hand. They’re here to compete in Name That Tune, a contest held every other Sunday at the Hall that tests people’s knowledge of pop music trivia. Comment.
Williamsburg

This Jalopy is built for music

he club Jalopy offers a unique line-up of musical performances over the next week. Unless otherwise noted, shows are at 9 p.m. Comment.
Williamsburg

Scribe sings the borough’s praises in new ‘Song’ book

el Brooks. Spike Lee. Joan Rivers. Comment.
Williamsburg

Rhythm & Blues

AM and MetroTech Center continue their 2008 BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech. Comment.
Williamsburg

First time authors come at you with ‘Hot Mess’

oung readers in Brooklyn looking for something to add to their summer reading lists can look no farther than Hot Mess: Summer in the City, a new book out by first-time authors Julie Kraut and Shallon Lester. Comment.
Williamsburg

Celebrate Brooklyn at 30: Just hitting its musical stride

n 1979, a summer series began in Brooklyn with local jazz musicians and city choreographers converging on Prospect Park's Bandshell to reinvigorate the park. Comment.
Williamsburg

Zimbabwe stone

AMBA, an award-winning community service organization based in Brooklyn, presents its “Annual Sale of Stone Sculptures from Zimbabwe,” June 19-22 at its gallery at 19 Winthrop Street in Flatbush. Stunning works by Zimbabwe’s leading established and emerging artists will be available at affordable prices. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘UR Here’ to create the art experience

R Here, a create your own performance adventure presented by Artichoke Dance Company, will be held June 14 and 15, at 2 p.m. (rain dates June 21 and June 22 at 2 p.m.) at JJ Byrne Park in Park Slope, Fifth Avenue between Third and Fourth streets. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘Uncertainly’ at Smack mellon

e live in uncertain times of deep cynicism and audacious hope. Assumed structures, both political and social, once deemed infallible have once again revealed their cracks. Our global world has reshuffled historic relationships, shifting economic and cultural paradigms, while fires, floods and war ravage the landscape. Comment.
Williamsburg

‘The Accused Items’

atch series co-creator and BAX Dance Artist in Residence Andrew Dinwiddie presents a work in progress showing of “The Accursed Items,” June 13-14 at 8 p.m. at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX). Comment.
Williamsburg

The world premiere of ‘Apian Way’

he Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre presents their fifth annual New York season with a world premiere and the return of an audience and critics’ favorite “Apian Way,” set to Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin and inspired by the social interaction of bees and the mystery of their modern day disappearance. Comment.
Williamsburg

The best circus artists from around the world

he Waterfront Museum, located on a permanently moored barge in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, continues its CIRCUSundays in June, bringing the circus to this shorefront area of the borough every Sunday. Comment.
Williamsburg

21st century look at Shakespeare’s Macbeth

his is “Macbeth” like you've never seen it before. Comment.
Williamsburg

Revival Reggae at the new LOX Lounge

s the summer heats up, so does Revival Reggae Sundays at the all new LOX Lounge, 15 Putnam Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Comment.
Williamsburg

Mighty ‘Kong’

he Ryan Repertory Company presents “Kong – A New Performance Work,” written and directed by Pamela Sneed and co-directed by Barbara Parisi. Comment.
Williamsburg

Good & Plenty: The Best of RAA

he Rockaway Artists Alliance presents “Good and Plenty: The Best of RAA” exhibition, plus an art auction and a Russian Folk Art exhibition, now to June 22 with an opening reception June 15 from 1-3 p.m. Admission to the show and all events is free. Comment.
Williamsburg

GI60: 1 minute on the stage

rooklyn College’s Department of Theater hosts “GI60” (Gone in 60 Seconds), an international one-minute play festival with performances on both sides of the Atlantic and on the Internet. Comment.
Williamsburg

Delve deep into the tea bowls of Japan

h’i Contemporary Fine Art announces the opening of “Tea Bowls and tea bowls,” a group exhibition of Japanese tea bowls by Peter Callas, Joe Campbell, Kristin Muller, Takao Okazaki, and Shane Sellers. Comment.
Borough-wide

Three cheers for Bishop Kearney

As they approached the mat, the Bishop Kearney High School cheerleaders savored the bittersweet taste of the final performance of the season. Comment.
Borough-wide

Midwood Hornets buzz with pride

Borough-wide

Knights fall to Trojans

In a contest full of missed opportunities, the Madison Knights baseball team fell 4-0 in 11 innings to the George Washington Trojans in the “A” Division championship game. Comment.
Borough-wide

Female boxers rule the ring; look for support - Team Freeform fights to change perceptions

“Just like the boys,” as the saying goes, they put in hours of grueling work, absorb punches, and spit blood in buckets. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cyclones desk jockeys take a swing

The 2008 baseball season kicked off at Keyspan Park last Friday, but a quick look at the players on the field showed that something was not quite right. Comment.
Borough-wide

Clipper ace leads team to CHSAA title

Anthony Hajjar is a versatile performer for the Xaverian High School varsity baseball team, for he could pitch and see action in the outfield. And he is outstanding at both positions. In addition, he is only a junior. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

You win because you care

The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR) named Alisa Huggins the winner of the statewide “Caring Award” for her exemplary work as a community health nurse. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Zorro and Diamond’

Lilac Co., and ensemble theater company, and Saint John’s Theatre present “Confessions of Zorro and Diamond,” a work-in progress presentation of a new play written and directed by Sean Lewis, at 9 p.m., June 14, 15 & 16 in the basement of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenpoint, 155 Milton Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Best of Brooklyn’

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz recognized Brooklyn’s elementary, middle and high school students, as well as groups or teams that have attained recognition in Brooklyn, with the annual Best of Brooklyn award. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Vying to be beep - Yvonne Graham throws hat into the ring

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Turning Point benefit gala

Turning Point, a leading Southwest Brooklyn multi-service agency, will hold its Annual Benefit Gala, June 16 at The Palm House, at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, beginning at 6 p.m. (cocktails and silent auction) followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. with musical entertainment provided by The Sidewinders, a New York-based jazz band. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

The greener way to have lots of family fun

Mom, dad and the kids joined festive forces with like-minded revelers and headed to the Red Hook waterfront for an arts festival, presented by Dance Theatre Etcetera. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

12th Annual Brooklyn Pride fest - Extravaganza to celebrate inclusion and diversity

New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Texting yourself a fat ticket

If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Terrific teen, tutor too

A teenager and a tutor were recognized recently in Borough Hall for their boundless dedication to community service. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Tall salute to fallen cops

Marching two abreast, hundreds of cops from throughout Patrol Borough Brooklyn South poured into St. Anthanasius Church in Bensonhurst last week to remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice as they tried to make the borough a safer place. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Spend time in Seventh Heaven

The Park Slope Chamber of Commerce’s 31st Annual Park Slope Street Fair, “Seventh Heaven,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 15. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

School budget buster - Pols vow to defy Bloomberg

Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rockin’ in Carroll Park - Nabe concert series returns

The Carroll Park Concert Series is back for summer 2008. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Roam free: Fido wags tail for off-leash hours

Canine brethren doffed their ties and frolicked unencumbered at Prospect Park‘s Long Meadow to celebrate the first anniversary of the off-leash passage. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rallying cry for Atlantic Yards project

The plaza outside Borough Hall morphed into a court of action and frolics when Forest City Ratner and Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted a pro-Atlantic Yards rally, which doubled as a Brooklyn-Queens Day celebration. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

NYC Hall of Fame

With a wealth of information and a dramatic flair, the New York City Hall of Fame’s new website has been launched at www.nychalloffame.org. The site features the inductees from 2007 and is open for nominations for the Class of 2008. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Moratorium on rent hike urged

Owners and tenants clashed after several tenant groups called for the suspension of rent increases at the Rent Control Board Hearings in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Manifest Destiny Conference

Over the weekend of July 11-13, WOMB (Women Organizing, Mobilizing and Building) will host its 12th annual Manifest Destiny Conference for women and families in the faith and of the faith at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lambda backs Connor re-election - LGBT voting block makes startling endorsement

You never know what’s going to happen at the Lambda Independent Democrats. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kid-friendly fun

Watch for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum tent at community events this June and throughout the summer, and stop by for some family fun. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kid artists in the spotlight - Families First exhibit shines

Taking a few steps not so far back in time, student artists from Public School 29-The John M. Harrigan School journeyed from fourth and fifth grade back to their toddlerhood to create a group exhibit for Families First, a non-profit family support center in Cobble Hill. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kid artistry on display

A life-size papier-mâché fireman, created by Public School 154 kindergarten students, peeks brightly at visitors to the office space shared by New York State Assemblymembers Jim Brennan and Rhoda Jacobs. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

It’s a pirate’s life along the Gowanus canal

Maidens hobnobbed with manciples and pirates pressed flesh with pagans on the Gowanus Canal when the Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy presented its annual ferry boat ride to the Red Hook Waterfront Festival aboard the type of shipping canoe once used by local Native Americans. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Ikea pulls up a chair - Furniture giant celebrates opening of Brooklyn store

Ikea, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, is deploying a specifically-tailored advertising campaign to promote the June 18 grand opening of IKEA Brooklyn, the Swedish company’s first store and restaurant destination in New York City. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Health fair

The Mount Lebanon Samaritan Refferal Ministry is hosting its Eighth Annual Community Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 14 at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, 230 Decatur Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

GOP to host Tom Ridge

Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of Homeland Security, has agreed to serve as the principal speaker at the Kings County GOP’s 2008 Lincoln Dinner at 6:30 p.m., June 18 at the Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

First Annual SummerFest

The Urban Assembly Academy of Arts & Letters, a second-year middle school in Fort Greene, will hold its First Annual SummerFest, June 21 from 12-3 p.m. at 225 Adelphi Street. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Designing careers

The Institute of Design and Construction, a fixture in the world of Architecture and Construction for more than 60 years, has announced another innovation: frequent Career Information Sessions. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Deadbeat EDC - Agency owes millions of dollars

The city’s Economic Development Corporation owes a bloated $4.5 million in unpaid water bills spanning the past 22 years, the city comptroller announced this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cure lies on the ‘mountain top’ - Cancer fighter tackles Mt. Hood

As the sun’s rays began to pierce the starry horizon at 3 a.m., Robin Schoenfeld looked out over Portland, Ore., with a proud smile and a full heart. Despite the wind-swept slopes of the volcano she was climbing and the brick of ice on her back that was once her water bottle, she pressed on toward the top of Mt. Hood to help find a cure for breast cancer. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Click on your sport

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (right) joined Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe (second from right), Health Commissioner Thomas Freiden, New York Mets Manager Willie Randolph (second from left) and others to launch BeFitNYC, a Parks recreation search engine that allows users to locate recreational and accessible activities in their neighborhood. They are seen with New York Liberty legend Kym Hampton, left. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Civic invests in the youth - John Jay High School teens score $1,000 scholarships

Three deserving students from the John Jay Campus High Schools (237 7th Avenue) will have an extra $1,000 to pay for college thanks to grants awarded by the Park Slope Civic Council. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Civic bestows ’08 Lovgren Awards - YMCA exec, former CB6 chair win awards

At its monthly meeting last Thursday, the Park Slope Civic Council awarded its annual Lovgren Awards, honoring two people who have served the community in a professional and volunteer capacity, respectively. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Children excel in rhythm, rhyme and meter

Budding Walt Whitmans were lauded for their award-winning odes during a poetry celebration at Borough Hall. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Child and Family mental health Clinic debuts

An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure — and now there’s a new facility that provides early recognition and intervention services for health-smart boroughites. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Celebrity opera stars live - Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna at Prospect Park

Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna, will perform at Prospect Park, June 20 at 8 p.m., together with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, in what is anticipated to be one of the Metropolitan Opera’s largest outdoor concerts in company history. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn is Obama country - Hillary super delegates officially commit to Barack candidacy

In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp

Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp, founded by Ariane Hundt, is inviting fitness enthusiasts to “Boot Camp Workouts” on the Brooklyn Bridge, Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 a.m. and Saturdays from 8-9 a.m. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A volunteer for all seasons - Cobble Hill Health Ctr. director receives special honor

Karen White, Cobble Hill Health Center’s director of volunteers, was the recipient of the Worksite Supervisor of the Year Award from the Department for the Aging’s Intergenerational Work Study Program. Comment.
Kings Courier

Youth is well served inside CB 14 - First-ever expo held at Brooklyn College

The converted gym on the third floor of Brooklyn College’s Roosevelt Hall hummed with myriad voices. Comment.
Kings Courier

White Island backlash

The Parks Department’s $15 million plan to woo a wayward sparrow back to White Island might sound cuckoo to some, but the project could seriously impact the people who live and recreate on the water. Comments (1).
Kings Courier

Top 70th Pct. cop helps make streets safer

A 70th Precinct cop’s instinct and training kicked into high gear recently, leading to another gun being taken off the street and earning the officer “Cop of the Month” honors. Comment.
Kings Courier

The Circle of Excellence - Beth Israel King Hwy Ctr. hails outstanding staffers

Recognition by their peers, co-workers and patients distinguish a special group of Beth Israel Medical Center nurses who were honored at the recent Beatrice Renfield Circle of Excellence Awards ceremony and represented the hospital at the 1199 SEIU-League of Voluntary Hospitals Nurse of Distinction competition. Comment.
Kings Courier

Teens try on NYPD brass - Kid commisioners take a crack at crime-busting

The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment.
Kings Courier

Taking the pulse of the community

The SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn held a Cultural Health Fair to celebrate the center’s patient diversity and committed staff. Comment.
Kings Courier

Public school 203 knows how to cap off the year

Starry-eyed students commanded the spotlight when they performed a year- end spring gala at Public School 203. Comment.
Kings Courier

Prognosis Magnificent: LiCH looks great at 150

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th anniversary with a Business and Community leaders breakfast. Representatives from community groups, the press, city government, the Nabe, houses of worship, law enforcement and the entire spectrum of healthcare were present to share LICH’s celebration. Comment.
Kings Courier

Picture-perfect students shine bright at P.S. 255

Budding Rembrandts were in a class by themselves when they exhibited their masterpieces during an art show at Public School 255. Comment.
Kings Courier

No more books, just singing & dancing

Singing, dancing, art exhibits and good cheer marked the end of a successful academic year at Public School 197, where students hailed the onset of summer with a talent showcase. Comment.
Kings Courier

Nets provide a full-court press at Public School 315

Retired professional hoopster Albert King Star and Nets team mascot Slyfox received a slam-dunk of a welcome when they visited Public School 315 to promote the written word as part of the National Basketball Association’s ‘Read to Achieve’ literacy campaign. Comment.
Kings Courier

More patrol cops to combat robbers - 63rd Precinct shakes administrators loose

More cops are out on patrol in the 63rd Precinct, the station house’s top cop told community council members last week. Comment.
Kings Courier

Mill Island Civic officers - Slate installed at El Caribe

Members ushered in a new slate during an officer installation, presented by the Mill Island Civic Association. Comment.
Kings Courier

Many vie to sing anthem for cyclones

Oh, say did you see the long line of patriotic crooners at Kings Plaza mall, juggling their vocal cords for a chance to sing the National Anthem for the Brooklyn Cyclones? Comment.
Kings Courier

Lightning strikes on Knapp St.

Firefighters were called to Knapp Street near Voorhies Avenue Sunday night after a lightning strike set a power line on fire. Witnesses said that amidst the heavy rain and thunder claps, lightning reportedly hit a power line that fell to the ground and caught fire. Responding firefighters put the small blaze out without incident. No injuries were reported, nor did any homes lose power, according to officials. Comment.
Kings Courier

KCC has top doctor on call - Dr. Richard Maraia to deliver 43rd commencement address

Dr. Richard Maraia, chief of the Section on Molecular and Cell Biology, Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the address at the 43rd Kingsborough Community College commencement exercises. Comment.
Kings Courier

In the 70th’s loop - New C.O. vows transparency

With serious felony crime statistically flat for the year, the new commanding officer of the 70th Precinct vowed last week to keep local residents in the loop regarding crime trends. Comment.
Kings Courier

Hodges hosts baby raptors - Peregrine falcon family roosts atop Marine Parkway Bridge

Talk about a bird’s eye view. Comment.
Kings Courier

Hebrew hotbed of controversy - New charter school raises constitutional concerns

A proposal to open a Hebrew-themed charter school in southern Brooklyn’s District 22 has been met with concerns about maintaining separation of church and state – and questions about how nearby public schools will be affected. Comment.
Kings Courier

District 22 showcase for young musicians

Talented borough students shared the spotlight with their equally talented peers during a District 22 community school showcase at Marine Park. Comment.
Kings Courier

Bridezillas dash for prize

Decked in wedding gown, crash helmet and elbow pads, Brooklyn bride Alison Gorsuch (second from left) is anything but blushing as she sprints across Time Square with 10 fellow ferocious fiancées to scale a 10-foot wedding cake – and snag a $25,000 nuptial nest egg – to promote the fifth season of the popular WeTV show, “Bridezillas.” Comment.
Kings Courier

Beep ‘crowns’ chess royalty

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, left, honored Midwood resident Aleksandr Ostrovskiy, a sixth-grader at IS 234, 1875 East 17th Street, who was crowned national chess champion after out-maneuvering more than 2,000 students at a tournament in Pittsburgh. Comment.
Kings Courier

Affordable housing

Councilman Kendall Stewart will host a Clergy Breakfast from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., June 14 at Café Omar, 1744 Nostrand Avenue. Comment.
Greenpoint

Tenants, owners clash at hearing

Owners and tenants clashed after several tenant groups called for the suspension of rent increases at the Rent Control Board Hearings in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night. Comment.
Greenpoint

Sex & the city (of BK) - Babeland opens in boro

Break out those batteries – Babeland is finally open! Comment.
Greenpoint

See Summerstarz at McCarren Park

Town Square’s SummerStarz 2008 is just around the corner. The 2008 program will start July 9, so mark your calendars to spend for 10 Wednesday summer evenings on the lawn in McCarren Park, Lorimer Street and Bedford Avenue. Comment.
Greenpoint

Place matters in BK - Greenpoint design center honored by city art society

The Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC), the largest non-profit industrial developer in New York City, is used to working under the radar. A recent award from the Municipal Art Society and City Lore recognizes GMDC’s Manhattan Avenue facility as an influential cultural location. Comment.
Greenpoint

New tool to get fit - City launches search engine BeFitNYC at Prospect Park

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (right) joined Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe (second from right), Health Commissioner Thomas Freiden, New York Mets Manager Willie Randolph (second from left) and others to launch BeFitNYC, a Parks recreation search engine that allows users to locate recreational and accessible activities in their neighborhood. They are seen with New York Liberty legend Kym Hampton, left. Comment.
Greenpoint

Former beep aide throws in hat for Markowitz’s seat

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment.
Greenpoint

Drinking in moderation - New support group looks to reduce harm of alcohol use

There’s a new Brooklyn start-up non-profit dedicated not to stop drinking, but to lesson the harm that alcohol causes. Comment.
Greenpoint

Condo prices on the rise - North Brooklyn market up, according to new survey

Defying a slow housing market throughout the nation, Brooklyn’s housing market is still robust, according to recently released quarterly statistics from the real estate website ResidentialNYC.com. Comment.
Greenpoint

Best park in Bklyn - Vote for McCarren as your pick

Yes, Americans are in full-fledged voter fatigue after the interminable Democratic primaries, but for Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents, it’s time to gird up to rock the vote once again. Comment.
Greenpoint

Beep ode to Brooklyn’s Award-winning poets

Budding Walt Whitmans were lauded for their award-winning odes during a poetry celebration at Borough Hall. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Chew on this: Brooklyn restaurant tastier than ever

The tip of Brooklyn’s culinary iceberg was splendidly on display at the borough’s annual foodie pig-out, Brooklyn Eats. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Weeksville enters a brand new era - Ground is broken on new arts building

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (fifth from right) joined Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (seventh from left), Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin, Weeksville Heritage Center Executive Director Pam Green and others to break ground on the new Education and Cultural Arts Building at the Weeksville Heritage Society’s historic Hunterfly Road Houses. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Uncover exciting artifacts at the Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the world’s first museum for kids, is also one of very few children’s museums internationally with a permanent collection of artifacts. Acquired over the past century, the museum’s collection now includes nearly 30,000 cultural objects and natural history specimens. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Thompson has his say

The Atlantic Yards project, budget cuts to community boards and holding up City Council discretionary funds to non-profit organizations. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

The Hawthorne debuts - 12-unit mixed-income condos open on Classon

Local residents, elected officials and stakeholders integral to the success of the project gathered at The Hawthorne, a 12-unit mixed income condominium, to celebrate its grand opening at 418-420 Classon Avenue between Gates Avenue & Quincy Street in Clinton Hill. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

12th annual Brooklyn Pride Festival - Inclusion & diversity reign

New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Students ace ‘boards’

Medical students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center scored a perfect pass rate (100 percent) on the most recent Step One medical licensure exams, also known as the Shelf exams or “boards.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Revved up, ready to go - Babeland opens its doors on Bergen Street

Break out those batteries – Babeland is finally open! Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Rent hike battleground - Moratorium urged on proposed increases

Owners and tenants clashed after several tenant groups called for the suspension of rent increases at the Rent Control Board Hearings in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Prescription for LICH: Continuum-ectomy - Many say facility should dump management

Three members of Congress joined medical staff of a cash-strapped Downtown Brooklyn hospital last week saying they want to sever the relationship between the hospital and the institution’s management consortium. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New faces on Community Bd. 2 - Five new appointments announced before the summer break

As the last Community Board 2 meeting before summer recess went into session, five new board members were named. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lambda endorses Connor run

You never know what’s going to happen at the Lambda Independent Democrats. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Graham: I want to be Beep

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dirty easy street - Alternate-side cutbacks coming

The good news is that life will become easier for residents of Community Board 2 who own cars. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Celebrity opera live

Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna, will perform at Prospect Park, June 20 at 8 p.m., together with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, in what is anticipated to be one of the Metropolitan Opera’s largest outdoor concerts in company history. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Budget stonewall - Pols vow to oppose mayor’s school cuts

Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn is Obama country

In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment.
Flatbush

Winthrop’s real winner - Teacher wins Siemens Science Award for outstanding work

An award-winning teacher works at the East Flatbush Community Research School. Comment.
Flatbush

Top cop recovers .357 magnum following shooting

A 70th Precinct cop’s instinct and training kicked into high gear recently, leading to another gun being taken off the street and earning the officer “Cop of the Month” honors. Comment.
Flatbush

The farm comes to Flatbush - Fresh greenmarket produce being sold on local streets

The greening of Flatbush is well underway. Comment.
Flatbush

Teens try on police brass for size - Kid commissioners see what it’s like being a big city crime-buster

The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment.
Flatbush

Student artists in the winner’s circle

The Midwood Development Corporation (MDC) and the Avenue J Board of Trade announced the winners of its 12th Annual Students Art Show. Comment.
Flatbush

P.S. 119 dares to dream of a world at peace

Budding Picassos at Public School 119 are also emerging pacifists. Comment.
Flatbush

Merchants eager to welcome MTV neighbors

“The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment.
Flatbush

Making beautiful music together At P.S. 219

Assemblyman Nick Perry recently visited PS 219-The Kennedy-King School and was welcomed by Principal Winsome Smith, Music Teacher Anthony N. Lucas, UFT Representative Ellen Mandleberger, and students from classes 4-404 and 3-316 in their new high-tech music classroom. Comment.
Flatbush

$1,000 makes for a good read at P.S. 249

Literacy is the good word for members of the Newkirk Area Neighborhood Association, who take Public School 249 students on a tale-telling journey to promote the love of reading after donating $1,000’s worth of books to the Flatbush school, 18 Marlborough Road Comment.
Flatbush

Long Island College Hospital marks 150th b’day

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th anniversary with a Business and Community leaders breakfast. Representatives from community groups, the press, city government, the Nabe, houses of worship, law enforcement and the entire spectrum of healthcare were present to share LICH’s celebration. Comment.
Flatbush

Junior’s smoking essay earns class a trip to ‘Bodies’

Thanks to an 11th-grader’s award-winning work, a class of Midwood High School students viewed actual human specimens. Comment.
Flatbush

DOE school squeeze play - Funding being cut from your kid’s education

Schools in Canarsie and Flatbush will lose thousands of dollars this September. Comment.
Flatbush

D.A. ‘forecloses’ on crooks - Real estate scammers face 25 years in prison

In today’s housing market there are home sellers, home buyers… and home stealers. Comment.
Flatbush

Congestion sticks in Flabush’s craw

Residents of Flatbush joined with representatives of the City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to discuss the omnipresent congestion on Church Avenue. Comment.
Flatbush

Chess wiz puts Marty in check

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, left, honored Midwood resident Aleksandr Ostrovskiy, a sixth-grader at IS 234, 1875 East 17th Street, who was crowned national chess champion after out-maneuvering more than 2,000 students at a tournament in Pittsburgh. Comment.
Flatbush

Capt. vows to keep residents in the loop

With serious felony crime statistically flat for the year, the new commanding officer of the 70th Precinct vowed last week to keep local residents in the loop regarding crime trends. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

‘Shake Shack’ attack - Popular burger joint headed for for a spot inBrooklyn

Shake Shack, the wildly popular Manhattan burger stand, might soon find a mobile home in Brooklyn, it was reported this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

The sun shines on ‘Annie, Jr.’

Talented drama students engaged a rapt audience at Middle School 442 when they took to the stage for a homespun performance of “Annie, Jr.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Texting yourself a big fat ticket - New effort underway to penalize dangerous drivers

If you want to flip anything while driving around New York, it’s gonna have to be your finger. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Teen fires on 76th Pct. cops; gun jams

It’s one of those stories that make you wonder if angels are looking over our shoulders. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

SUNY Downstate students ace ‘boards’

Medical students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center scored a perfect pass rate (100 percent) on the most recent Step One medical licensure exams, also known as the Shelf exams or “boards.” Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Strolling & IKEA shopping - Superstore to include 6.5 acre public esplanade

When IKEA opens its massive new store in Red Hook next week, it will also be unveiling a 6.5-acre public esplanade along Erie Basin, no charge card required. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Push to revamp WWII memorial - Supporters say important site in need of facelift

A push to breathe new life into the musty World War II Memorial at Cadman Plaza Park is being aired about town. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Prospect Park to host Pride festival - 12th annual extravaganza to be a celebration of borough diversity

New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Prescription for LICH - Many recommend management-ectomy

Three members of Congress joined medical staff of a cash-strapped Down-town Brooklyn hospital last week saying they want to sever the relationship between the hospital and the institution’s management consortium. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

NY Methodist deserves a hand

To provide an exceptional level of care for patients who are coping with hand, wrist and arm injuries, New York Methodist Hospital expanded its hand surgery services and hired two new specialists. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

New canal zoning - Plans for Gowanus area announced

City officials last week presented preliminary plans for a rezoning proposal near the Gowanus Canal, a long-anticipated plan said to increase the “openness” along the polluted waterway. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Money for stadiums, but not schools

Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Live celebrity opera - Gheorghiu, Alagna to perform at Prospect Park

Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna, will perform at Prospect Park, June 20 at 8 p.m., together with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, in what is anticipated to be one of the Metropolitan Opera’s largest outdoor concerts in company history. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Lambda supports Connor run - LGBT voting bloc makes surprising state senate endorsement

You never know what’s going to happen at the Lambda Independent Democrats. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Kids track history to cemetery

Budding history buffs from David A. Boody Junior High School paid a visit to their famous namesake’s resting place during a field trip to Green-Wood Cemetery. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

It’s tenants versus landlords - Groups urge Rent Control Board to back moratorium on increases

Owners and tenants clashed after several tenant groups called for the suspension of rent increases at the Rent Control Board Hearings in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday night. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

ISO Symphonic band strikes a chord with many

The music of Leonard Bernstein, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Fred Ebb came alive as the talented student-musicians of the ISO Symphonic Band performed before hundreds of celebrants at Green-Wood Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day concert. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Guv says ‘I do; others ‘No way’ - Brooklyn pol joins opposition to gay-marriage okay

While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Green is everyone’s new favorite color

Area environmentalists took fun-filled steps towards living an eco-friendly lifestyle during the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s first annual “Gowanus Goes Green” festival. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Graham wants to be Beep

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Gowanus balks at new hotels

Areas zoned for manufacturing use should be rendered inhospitable to hotels, a local lawmaker urged last week. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Former CB6-er: Beep blackballed me

The borough’s top boss is a politician who keeps his promises, according to a former member of Community Board 6. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Enjoying a bumper crop of Park Slope living

A cultural greenmarket of family-friendly delights was in store for visitors when Spoke the Hub presented its Local Produce Festival in Park Slope, complete with a nibble of dance and a sip of jazz, granting visitors a tempting taste of the arts – Brooklyn-style. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Dylan on a Brooklyn stage

Bob Dylan will help celebrate Brooklyn this summer when he plays the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 12. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Differing views on zoning text change

Supporters of the Carroll Gardens zoning text amendment are dismissing concerns this week that, if enacted, the measure would still allow the construction of 13-story buildings on the neighborhood’s signature courtyard blocks. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Crime dips down - 76th Pct. C.O. credits cops for felony drop

Hold the compliments. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Connor, Squadron showdown - Incumbent, challenger strengthen their base for upcoming fight

With petitions beginning to be circulated in the upcoming grudge match for the 25th State Senate District, incumbent Martin Connor seems to have sewn up the support of most of the Democratic clubs in downtown Brooklyn. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

CGNA on the move once more

The Carroll Gardens Neighbor-hood Association (CGNA) held its final meeting before the summer break this week and won’t be back until September. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Cashing in on ‘The Real World’ - Merchants eager for Bridge St. neighbors

“The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Carnival days come to Middle school 88

Family frolics were on the books as mom, dad and the kids teamed up with staffers for a carnival at Middle School 88. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

Brooklyn is Barack Obama country - Former Hillary Clinton super delegates officially switch their votes

In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

BK’s ‘House of Contention’ - Opponents of jailhouse expansion mobilize as city presses forward

Local stakeholders from downtown Brooklyn met last week to present a convincing argument against the planned expansion of the Brooklyn House of Detention (HOD) on Atlantic Avenue. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

A new patch of nabe green - New community garden for Columbia Street Waterfront District

After an 18-year battle, the Columbia Street Waterfront District will officially open the gate to a new community garden on June 11. Comment.
Brooklyn Courier

110 Amity gets thumbs-up

A Community Board 6 committee last week gave its blessing to a once controversial Cobble Hill development at 110 Amity Street. Comment.
Canarsie

Yeshiva kids blamed for scary brush fire - Local residents fear for their homes

A recent brush fire in the Fresh Creek Nature Preserve is having residents living next to the dry wetlands worrying if their homes are in jeopardy. Comment.
Canarsie

Would-be crooners vie for anthem slot

Oh, say did you see the long line of patriotic crooners at Kings Plaza mall, juggling their vocal cords for a chance to sing the National Anthem for the Brooklyn Cyclones? Comment.
Borough-wide

Turning up the heat…

Sun maidens Yevgeniya Grofimova, 18, (left) and Sasha Zlotina, 19, could moonlight as meteorologists if their frolic on Coney Island beach is any barometer. The pretty pals soaked in the sun as they struck a pose near the famed Parachute Jump. Comment.
Canarsie

To protect and serve...NYPD reflects on lives lost in the line of duty

Marching two abreast, hundreds of cops from throughout Patrol Borough Brooklyn South poured into St. Anthanasius Church in Bensonhurst last week to remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice as they tried to make the borough a safer place. Comment.
Canarsie

Suny downstate cultural health fair

The SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn held a Cultural Health Fair to celebrate the center’s patient diversity and committed staff. Comment.
Canarsie

Streets in need of real repair

After he and his staff personally inspected the area, and found that they are in poor and unacceptable condition, Assemblyman Alan Maisel told the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation that many of Canarsie’s streets are in desperate need of repair. Comment.
Canarsie

Solemn reflection at Salem Fields - Kings County Jewish War Veterans salute those who gave all for the USA

The Kings County Council-Jewish War Veterans, under the guidance of Executive Director Harold Engelmann, presented a special memorial service at the Salem Fields Cemetery, 775 Jamaica Avenue, honoring the Civil War dead, as well as those who served in other conflicts, including World War I, World War II, the Spanish American War, and Korea and Vietnam. Comment.
Canarsie

Showing pride in the boro we call home - Brooklyn Pride Multicultural Festival and Parade coming to Park Slope June 14

New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment.
Canarsie

Sex and drugs on Canarsie Pier - Concerned neighbors react to new restrictions; argue merits of new schedule

One person’s fishing haven seems to be another’s waterfront den of ill repute. Comment.
Canarsie

Seventh Heaven

The Park Slope Chamber of Commerce’s 31st Annual Park Slope Street Fair, “Seventh Heaven,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 15. Comment.
Canarsie

Running down cancer - Annual relay for life campaign kicks into high gear

With the 10th annual Bay Ridge Relay for Life little more than a week away, planning is picking up steam to make this year’s event the most successful one so far. Comment.
Canarsie

Racy new toy store debuts - Babeland shop sells vibrators and more in BK

Diapers and dildos, strollers and strap-ons, bottles and bondage. Comment.
Canarsie

P.S. 115 students make all the right moves

Budding Alvin Aileys executed some fancy footwork, transforming their playground into an outdoor theater during a dance festival at Public School 115. Comment.
Canarsie

P.S. 115 bookworms keep principal peddling

A Canarsie principal has an interesting way of encouraging his students to read. Comment.
Canarsie

Pennies make good cents - I.S. 211 brings in a copper haul of cash for charity

As the old axiom goes, “It is better to give than to receive.” And another axiom states that “Charity begins at home.” At John Wilson Intermediate School 211, helping others through charity is a way of life. Comment.
Canarsie

Over 6,000,000 souls lost, but not forgotten - Holocaust survivors bear witness to man’s inhumanity to man

Nearly 1,000 Holocaust survivors and many others filled Borough Park’s Temple Young Israel-Beth El recently for a somber remembrance of the Holocaust. Comment.
Canarsie

Maraia to address KCC

Dr. Richard Maraia, chief of the Section on Molecular and Cell Biology, Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the address at the 43rd Kingsborough Community College commencement exercises. Comment.
Canarsie

LICH celebrates 150 years of health care

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th anniversary with a Business and Community leaders breakfast. Representatives from community groups, the press, city government, the Nabe, houses of worship, law enforcement and the entire spectrum of healthcare were present to share LICH’s celebration. Comment.
Canarsie

Learn to be prepared in an emergency

Do you know what to do in an emergency situation? Learn how, learn now at an Emergency Preparedness Workshop, June 17 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 5506 Church Avenue in Flatbush. Breakfast and refreshments will be served. Comment.
Canarsie

Kids try on NYPD brass for a day

The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment.
Canarsie

John Brown looms large for scribe - Brooklyn writer returns to Harper’s Ferry for debut novel

Although he has lived in New York for over a decade, Harper’s Ferry, W.Va., has not strayed from the mind of John Michael Cummings, a 44-year-old Park Slope resident whose debut novel, The Night I Freed John Brown, is set in his hometown. Comment.
Canarsie

I.S. 68 educator places in top 10

A science teacher at I.S. 68 in Canarsie is tops in the city. Comment.
Canarsie

Ikea makes big push in advance of opening

Ikea, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, is deploying a specifically-tailored advertising campaign to promote the June 18 grand opening of IKEA Brooklyn, the Swedish company’s first store and restaurant destination in New York City. Comment.
Canarsie

Guv says I do; others no way - Brooklyn state senator joins those opposed to gay marriage okay

While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment.
Borough-wide

Don’t get in Bridezilla’s way

Decked in wedding gown, crash helmet and elbow pads, Brooklyn bride Alison Gorsuch (second from left) is anything but blushing as she sprints across Times Square with 10 fellow ferocious fiancées to scale a 10-foot wedding cake – and snag a $25,000 nuptial nest egg – to promote the fifth season of the popular WeTV show, “Bridezillas.” Comment.
Canarsie

DOE squeezes Canarsie schools

Schools in Canarsie and Flatbush will lose thousands of dollars this September. Comment.
Canarsie

Complete coverage from TSC Direct

When it comes to navigating all of the perils that come with driving in the Big Apple, the only people who truly know New York drivers are New York insurers. Comment.
Canarsie

Cashing in on the ‘Real World’ - Merchants welcome MTV neighbors

“The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment.
Canarsie

Captain makes fuba friends - Striking a chord with nabe group

It takes an immigrant to know an immigrant community. Comment.
Canarsie

Canarsie kids blast off with astronauts - Spacemen and women video conference with P.S. 115 students

An elementary school in Canarsie is using NASA astronauts as teachers and earning money in the process. Comment.
Canarsie

BSA backs cell phone tower - Controversial spire to rise over Canarsie Road

A controversial cellular phone tower will be allowed to take rise on a residential block in Canarsie, a city panel ruled last week. Comment.
Canarsie

Brooklyn Housing & Family Services

Brooklyn Housing & Family Services will hold its Annual Fundraising Dinner, June 19 from 7-11 p.m. at The Rex Manor, 1100 60th Street. Comment.
Canarsie

Bildersee Rallies round the may pole

Community unity reigned supreme in Canarsie when Bildersee Junior High School hosted a seasonal celebration, complete with a maypole plaiting and the crowning of local royalty. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

‘Annie, Jr.’ doesn’t wait on the sun

Talented drama students engaged a rapt audience at New Horizons Middle School 442 when they took to the stage for a homespun performance of “Annie, Jr.” Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Sweet street sweep - The ‘dirt’ on new parking rules

The good news is that life will become easier for residents of Community Board 2 who own cars. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

SUNY students ace ‘boards’

Medical students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center scored a perfect pass rate (100 percent) on the most recent Step One medical licensure exams, also known as the Shelf exams or “boards.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Sex in the city (of Bklyn) - New ‘Babeland’ shop debuts on Bergen Street

Break out those batteries – Babeland is finally open! Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Ridge in BK

Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of Homeland Security, has agreed to serve as the principal speaker at the Kings County GOP’s 2008 Lincoln Dinner at 6:30 p.m., June 18 at the Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Prospect Park to host Pride festival - 12th annual multicultural extravaganza to celebrate borough’s diversity

New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Pirates of the Gowanus Canal

Costumed thrill seekers ferry to the Red Hook Waterfront Festival during a flotilla masquerade and eco-cruise along the Gowanus Canal, presented by the Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Opera royalty at Prospect Park

Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna, will perform at Prospect Park, June 20 at 8 p.m., together with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, in what is anticipated to be one of the Metropolitan Opera’s largest outdoor concerts in company history. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

New faces on Community Bd. 2 - Five new members named to 50-person representative body

As the last Community Board 2 meeting before summer recess went into session, five new board members were named. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Money for stadiums – not schools

Three Brooklyn City Council members say they won’t approve the city’s budget unless full funding is restored for public schools – and they want local residents to get their elected officials to do the same. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Landlord balks at kitty - 57-year-old could lose apt. over cat

Marlene Maldonado and her five-year-old cat Billy don’t particularly want to move out of their Brooklyn Heights apartment. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Lambda members back Connor run - LGBT voting bloc makes surprising endorsement

You never know what’s going to happen at the Lambda Independent Democrats. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Inside ‘minister gate’

Shavana Abruzzo’s appraisal of Barack Obama’s “Minister Gate” concisely and eloquently reveals the true meaning that lies beneath the more salacious elements of this story (“Why couldn’t they just stick to the religious stuff?” Á Britisher’s View, 6-5 issue). Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Hellenic pride in the Heights

Melt-in-your-mouth kebabs, pulsating bouzouki music and special attractions were among the pleasures enjoyed by frolickers who headed for a taste of seasonal fun – Grecian-style – in Brooklyn Heights. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

EDC doesn’t like to pay its bills - Comptroller says agency owes $4.6 million in unpaid water tab

The city’s Economic Development Corporation owes a bloated $4.5 million in unpaid water bills spanning the past 22 years, the city comptroller announced this week. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Dogs deserve better

I hope no prosecutor in this region will ever emulate the shameful conduct of District Attorney Richard Consiglio of Blair County, Pennsylvania. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Continuum-ectomy prescribed for LICH - Many say facility needs to dump management

Three members of Congress joined medical staff of a cash-strapped Downtown Brooklyn hospital last week saying they want to sever the relationship between the hospital and the institution’s management consortium. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

BK is Barack country - Former Hillary super delegates make the switch

In one fell swoop, Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional delegation – all convention “super delegates” – switched their backing last week from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. Comment.
Brooklyn Heights

Beep’s no.2 wants to be no.1

The special assistant to Borough President Marty Markowitz, Yvonne Graham, said last week she will run for borough president next year to succeed her boss. Comment.
Bay News

SPEAK OUT - Old-time Coney Islander

Hey Lou, When Are They Bringing Back the Old Coney Island? Comment.
Bay News

BIG SCREECHER - Wakes can unlock a lot of history

What is that old saying “We only meet at weddings and funerals? ” Comment.
Bay News

66th Street feels the squeeze - Multiple developments have residents feeling boxed in

The good news for residents of 66th Street, between 12th and 13th Avenues, is that a hotel is not going up on their block. Comment.
Bay News

Suffering under DOE cuts

Brooklyn schools are already feeling the effects of budget cuts to be implemented in September. Comment.
Bay News

Pitched battle for 60th A.D. seat - GOP puts up retired detective to challenge Janele Hyer-Spencer

A candidate who unsuccessfully attempted to secure the Republican nomination two years ago for the Assembly seat in the 60th A.D. is giving the seat a second try. Comment.
Bay News

Off to the races: Bridezillas dash for prize

Decked in wedding gown, crash helmet and elbow pads, Brooklyn bride Alison Gorsuch (second from left) is anything but blushing as she sprints across Time Square with 10 fellow ferocious fiancées to scale a 10-foot wedding cake – and snag a $25,000 nuptial nest egg – to promote the fifth season of the popular WeTV show, “Bridezillas.” Comment.
Bay News

Life’s cabaret for students

The Upper School of Visitation Academy presented its Annual Spring Concert, featuring performances by the school’s Cabaret Troupe, Brass Band and eighth grade production of “Willy Wonka Jr.,” held at Our Lady of Angels, Fourth Avenue and 74th Street. Comment.
Bay News

From car wash to public school - Dist. 20 looks for 5,000 new seats

With construction underway at various places in southwestern Brooklyn, the Department of Education (DOE) is still looking at sites to fulfill its commitment to add more than 5,000 seats to School District 20, as part of its current capital plan. Comment.
Bay News

Dems duke it out over Iraq - McMahon pegged as GOP light; Harrison as waffling

If the sparks flying at a recent club meeting are any indication, it’s likely to be a long, hot summer for Brooklyn and Staten Island Democrats. Comment.
Bay News

Death on the street - Calls for light follow fatal accident

A recent pedestrian fatality has sparked a new push for more street lights and signage on Brighton Beach Avenue, this paper has learned. Comment.
Borough-wide

Congratulations!

Pictured are Max Bachman and Lori Powsner on their wedding day. Lori is the daughter of Farrel and Sheila Powsner of Mill Basin, and granddaughter of Courier- Life columnist Lou Powsner. The couple will reside in their new home in Bergen Beach after a return from their Aruba honeymoon. Comment.
Bay News

Brooklyn youth try on police brass

The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment.
Bay News

BRCC looks good at 57 - Group holds annual gala

Strains of Beatles tunes may have been nostalgic, but the focus was as much on the future as the past as civic leaders from Bay Ridge joined together to celebrate at the annual Bay Ridge Community Council (BRCC) dinner dance. Comment.
Bay News

Golden opposes gay okay

While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment.
Borough-wide

Youngsters try on NYPD brass

The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment.
Borough-wide

Women at the barricades

A group of past and present military women gathered at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, (WIMSA), at Arlington National Cemetery, this past Memorial Day, to commemorate fallen comrades and celebrate women’s contributions to the nation’s defense. Comment.
Borough-wide

Willy Wonka Jr. live - Visitation Academy produces spring concert

The Upper School of Visitation Academy presented its Annual Spring Concert, featuring performances by the school’s Cabaret Troupe, Brass Band and eighth grade production of “Willy Wonka Jr.,” held at Our Lady of Angels, Fourth Avenue and 74th Street. Comment.
Borough-wide

Walkers team up against cancer - St. Francis College hosts benefit on track

Big-hearted boroughites teamed up with like-minded benefactors to boost the stricken and survivors, alike, during the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay for Life benefit at St. Francis College. Comment.
Borough-wide

Turning point gala

Turning Point, a leading Southwest Brooklyn multi-service agency, will hold its Annual Benefit Gala, June 16 at The Palm House, at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, beginning at 6 p.m. (cocktails and silent auction) followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. with musical entertainment provided by The Sidewinders, a New York-based jazz band. Comment.
Borough-wide

TSC Direct puts you in the driver’s seat - Providing New Yorkers with homeowner and auto insurance for almost 25 years

When it comes to navigating all of the perils that come with driving in the Big Apple, the only people who truly know New York drivers are New York insurers. Comment.
Borough-wide

Too old to serve, but not to help - Nonprofit founder finds a way to support the troops

Carolyn Blashek was determined to answer her nation’s call to duty following Sept. 11, 2001, but recruiters from every branch of service offered the same sad refrain: “You’re too old.” Comment.
Borough-wide

66th Street squeeze - Multiple condo developments have many feeling boxed in

The good news for residents of 66th Street, between 12th and 13th avenues, is that a hotel is not going up on their block. Comment.
Borough-wide

5th Avenue is packed with spring fun

Frolickers headed for a splash of seasonal fun by enjoying a day of revels at a street fair in Bay Ridge. Comment.
Borough-wide

SUNY Downstate makes healthy living fun

The SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn held a Cultural Health Fair to celebrate the center’s patient diversity and committed staff. Comment.
Borough-wide

Strictly ballroom at William McKinley Junior h.S.

Budding ballroom dancers at William McKinley Junior High School now have a space in which to practice their suave moves – a state-of-the-art dance studio. Comment.
Borough-wide

Standing tall on Lookout Point

The Kings County Conservative Party hosted its 27th Annual POW/MIA flag dedication ceremony at “Lookout Point,” 81st Street and Shore Road, to commemorate Memorial Day, the federal holiday remembering fallen servicemen and women who gave their lives to their country. Comment.
Borough-wide

Seventhheaven

The Park Slope Chamber of Commerce’s 31st Annual Park Slope Street Fair, “Seventh Heaven,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 15. Comment.
Borough-wide

Racy toy store debuts in BK

Diapers and dildos, strollers and strap-ons, bottles and bondage. Comment.
Borough-wide

New traffic signals won - Devices due by September

State Senator Martin J. Golden announced that the New York City Department of Transporta-tion has approved two of his requests to install traffic lights at busy intersections throughout the community. Comment.
Borough-wide

New heights for Berlin Airlift

The historic humanitarian efforts of the Berlin Airlift, which occurred 60 years ago, was celebrated with an air show at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Comment.
Borough-wide

Never tired of the wild blue yonder

Lt. Col. Michael Brill, a pilot assigned to 421st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, has been breaking world aviation records since 1993, when he became the world’s first pilot to fly 3,000 hours in the F-16. Recently he broke his own record when he surpassed the 6,000-hour milestone. Comment.
Borough-wide

more seats

With construction underway at various places in southwestern Brooklyn, the Department of Education (DOE) is still looking at sites to fulfill its commitment to add more than 5,000 seats to School District 20 as part of its current capital plan. Comment.
Borough-wide

Memorial unveiled for fallen troops

Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and other senior officials began the Memorial Day weekend by participating in a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus that included the unveiling of a memorial honoring 22 Marines and a Navy corpsman killed in Iraq. Comment.
Borough-wide

Long blue wall of honor and respect - Patrol Borough Brooklyn South cops salute the heroic lives of fallen comrades

Marching two abreast, hundreds of cops from throughout Patrol Borough Brooklyn South poured into St. Anthanasius Church in Bensonhurst last week to remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice as they tried to make the borough a safer place. Comment.
Borough-wide

Kings County GOPers to host Tom Ridge

Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of Homeland Security, has agreed to serve as the principal speaker at the Kings County GOP’s 2008 Lincoln Dinner at 6:30 p.m., June 18 at the Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue in Park Slope. Comment.
Borough-wide

It’s ‘tee time’ for Bloomy in Brooklyn - Mayor helps kick off Junior Golf Center festivities

The Brooklyn site where the late father of Tiger Woods learned golf and fell in love with the sport is now also home to the nation’s first free golf center for children, complete with a six-hole course and pointers from the pros. Comment.
Borough-wide

It’s nice to be nice in Bay Ridge - ‘Kindness’ essay puts spotlight on talented kid writers

Student scribes proved that they had “the write stuff” thanks to an essay contest sponsored by a local civic organization. Comment.
Borough-wide

Ikea makes big push in advance of debut

Ikea, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, is deploying a specifically-tailored advertising campaign to promote the June 18 grand opening of IKEA Brooklyn, the Swedish company’s first store and restaurant destination in New York City. Comment.
Borough-wide

Hi-tech toilet on the 69th St. Pier

This is how Bay Ridge residents may soon spell relief: A-P-T. Comment.
Borough-wide

Health insurance forum for seniors

Approaching age 65 is a big transition for most people, when questions about health insurance options become prime concerns. There are many options available and many choices to make. Comment.
Borough-wide

GOP banks on retired detective - Joe Cammarata to challenge Hyer-Spencer for 60th A.D. seat

A candidate who unsuccessfully attempted to secure the Republican nomination two years ago for the Assembly seat in the 60th A.D. is giving the seat a second try. Comment.
Borough-wide

Golden jeers gay marriages

While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment.
Borough-wide

Flags fly at Salem Fields - Jewish War Veterans honor the lives of fallen comrades

The Kings County Council-Jewish War Veterans, under the guidance of Executive Director Harold Engelmann, presented a special memorial service at the Salem Fields Cemetery, 775 Jamaica Avenue, honoring the Civil War dead, as well as those who served in other conflicts, including World War I, World War II, the Spanish American War, and Korea and Vietnam. Comment.
Borough-wide

Emergency preparedness

Do you know what to do in an emergency situation? Learn how, learn now at an Emergency Preparedness Workshop, June 17 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 5506 Church Avenue in Flatbush. Breakfast and refreshments will be served. Comment.
Borough-wide

Congregation votes to sell out - Bay Ridge Jewish Center will make put of property up for sale

The wrecking ball continues to swing ominously over Fourth Avenue. Comment.
Borough-wide

Commencement address at KCC

Dr. Richard Maraia, chief of the Section on Molecular and Cell Biology, Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the address at the 43rd Kingsborough Com-munity College commencement exercises. Comment.
Borough-wide

City behind on water bill - EDC owes $4.5M over 22 years, audit shows

The city’s Economic Development Corporation owes a bloated $4.5 million in unpaid water bills spanning the past 22 years, the city comptroller announced this week. Comment.
Borough-wide

Channeling John Brown’s voice - Brooklyn writer revisits Harper’s Ferry with new book

Although he has lived in New York for over a decade, Harper’s Ferry, W.Va., has not strayed from the mind of John Michael Cummings, a 44-year-old Park Slope resident whose debut novel, The Night I Freed John Brown, is set in his hometown. Comment.
Borough-wide

Cashing in on the ‘Real World’ - Brooklyn merchants eagerly welcome MTV neighbors

“The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment.
Borough-wide

Brooklyn ‘Bridezilla’ keeps eye on the prize

Decked in wedding gown, crash helmet and elbow pads, Brooklyn bride Alison Gorsuch (second from left) is anything but blushing as she sprints across Time Square with 10 fellow ferocious fiancées to scale a 10-foot wedding cake – and snag a $25,000 nuptial nest egg – to promote the fifth season of the popular WeTV show, “Bridezillas.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Bare-knuckle brawl over Iraq war

If the sparks flying at a recent club meeting are any indication, it’s likely to be a long, hot summer for Brooklyn and Staten Island Democrats. Comment.
Borough-wide

Army day at Shea Stadium

The US Army will be celebrating their 233rd Birthday on June 14 with fun activities at Shea Stadium, 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing Queens. Comment.
Borough-wide

A pocket-sized lifeline for many

Gift cards can make a stay away from home while a loved one is recovering easier for service-members and their families. Comment.
Borough-wide

A Family Affair

Pictured is Sgt. Lixandro Colon (center), a retired combat veteran with the Army National Guard who served for 23 years along with one year in Iraq and 2 months at Ground Zero in New York City. Colon is flanked by his sons Airman First Class Miguel Colon and Lance Corporal Alexsandro Colon. Colon is very proud of both his sons in their service to this country. He is especially proud that he was able to pin the shield on his oldest son’s, Miguel, uniform upon his Airforce graduation in Texas. Comment.
Borough-wide

Act gives vets more money for college

According to Congressman Anthony Weiner, co-sponsor of the Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act, Brooklyn’s nearly 2,887 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans will receive additional money for college as the House of Representatives provided $52 billion over 10 years in a new G.I Bill. Comment.
Crime

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Killed in Coney Comment.
Bay News

‘Cut day’ furor - Charges of civil rights violations

The 61st Precinct’s handling of “senior cut day” in Manhattan Beach on Friday was either a sterling example of police work at its finest or a stunning case of authoritarian control at its ugliest – depending on which side of Sheepshead Bay you happen to live on. Comment.
Bay News

Would-be crooners step up for shot at Anthem

Oh, say did you see the long line of patriotic crooners at Kings Plaza mall, juggling their vocal cords for a chance to sing the National Anthem for the Brooklyn Cyclones? Comment.
Bay News

Turning Point benefit

Turning Point, a leading Southwest Brooklyn multi-service agency, will hold its Annual Benefit Gala, June 16 at The Palm House, at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, beginning at 6 p.m. (cocktails and silent auction) followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. with musical entertainment provided by The Sidewinders, a New York-based jazz band. Comment.
Bay News

The Coney Island experience through kid eyes

Starry-eyed students took visitors on a trip down memory lane when they staged a presentation about Brooklyn’s premier amusement Mecca entitled, “Through Our Eyes – The Coney Island Experience.” Comment.
Borough-wide

Terrific Tara Fest at the old stone house

Mom, dad and the kids enjoyed emerald frolics as they rose to a day of thrills and frolics — Irish-style — when the Old Stone House hosted a Tara Festival. Comment.
Bay News

Tall salute to fallen cops - Finest loom large in hearts

Marching two abreast, hundreds of cops from throughout Patrol Borough Brooklyn South poured into St. Anthanasius Church in Bensonhurst last week to remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice as they tried to make the borough a safer place. Comment.
Bay News

Survivors meet for memorial - Holocaust’s memory still vivid

Nearly 1,000 Holocaust survivors and many others filled Borough Park’s Temple Young Israel-Beth El recently for a somber remembrance of the Holocaust. Comment.
Bay News

Summer reading challenge

Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate, Jr. reminds children and families that the New York State Assembly’s 2008 Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner. Comment.
Bay News

Sex in the city (of Bklyn) - Racy ‘Babeland’ shop debuts

Diapers and dildos, strollers and strap-ons, bottles and bondage. Comment.
Bay News

Salem Fields memorial - Tall salute to fallen heroes

The Kings County Council-Jewish War Veterans, under the guidance of Executive Director Harold Engelmann, presented a special memorial service at the Salem Fields Cemetery, 775 Jamaica Avenue, honoring the Civil War dead, as well as those who served in other conflicts, including World War I, World War II, the Spanish American War, and Korea and Vietnam. Comment.
Bay News

Robbery spike hurts Beach

Four strong-arm robberies committed within a few blocks of each other in just a week’s time is enough to make anybody sit up and take notice, but when they happen in sleepy Manhattan Beach the man paid to safeguard the community suits up on his day off to deliver an accounting. Comment.
Bay News

P.S. 52 - what a bunch of characters!

Spidey hobnobbed with Pocahontas and Pinocchio pressed flesh with a pirate during a character parade at Public School 52. Comment.
Bay News

Prognosis Magnificent: LICH looks great at 150

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) of Brooklyn kicked off its 150th anniversary with a Business and Community leaders breakfast. Representatives from community groups, the press, city government, the Nabe, houses of worship, law enforcement and the entire spectrum of healthcare were present to share LICH’s celebration. Comment.
Bay News

Pride fest at Prospect PK - Event to celebrate borough’s diversity and spirit

New Yorkers from all walks of life will do just a bit more walking this Saturday, June 14, when Brooklyn Pride kicks off its 12th annual Multi-cultural Festival and Parade in Park Slope. Comment.
Bay News

Oriental makeover looming - DOT commish takes active role in traffic concerns

Manhattan Beach might be one step closer to remaking Oriental Boulevard this week following a special meeting with Department of Transportation (DOT) Brooklyn Commissioner Joseph Palmieri. Comment.
Bay News

Off to the races: Bridezilla’s mad dash for nest egg

Decked in wedding gown, crash helmet and elbow pads, Brooklyn bride Alison Gorsuch (second from left) is anything but blushing as she sprints across Time Square with 10 fellow ferocious fiancées to scale a 10-foot wedding cake – and snag a $25,000 nuptial nest egg – to promote the fifth season of the popular WeTV show, “Bridezillas.” Comment.
Bay News

New Utrecht returns to Civil War days

A Civil War encampment, a free concert and a pomp-filled parade capped the festivities as Liberty Weekend celebrations got underway at New Utrecht Reformed Church. Comment.
Bay News

New traffic signals

State Senator Martin J. Golden announced that the New York City Department of Transportation has approved two of his requests to install traffic lights at busy intersections throughout the community. Comment.
Bay News

Matching musical wits live on stage - Kids to put music knowledge to the test

Teams from PS 236, 193 and 312 in Brooklyn will join 30 other teams from public schools throughout the city to compete in Riverside Symphony’s Music Memory Citywide Finals, May 28, 10:30 a.m., at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Comment.
Bay News

Lightning strikes on Knapp Street

Firefighters were called to Knapp Street near Voorhies Avenue Sunday night after a lightning strike set a power line on fire. Witnesses said that amidst the heavy rain and thunder claps, lightning reportedly hit a power line that fell to the ground and caught fire. Responding firefighters put the small blaze out without incident. No injuries were reported, nor did any homes lose power, according to officials. Comment.
Bay News

Impressive ‘body’ of work for teen - Scribe carries class to exhibit

Thanks to an 11th-grader’s award-winning work, a class of Midwood High School students viewed actual human specimens. Comment.
Bay News

Ikea debut coming

Ikea, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, is deploying a specifically-tailored advertising campaign to promote the June 18 grand opening of IKEA Brooklyn, the Swedish company’s first store and restaurant destination in New York City. Comment.
Bay News

Home invasion!

Cops are looking for a brazen pair of gun-toting hooligans who terrified two Bensonhurst families residing in the same home. Comment.
Bay News

Hebrew hotbed of controversy - New charter school raises constitutional questions

A proposal to open a Hebrew-themed charter school in southern Brooklyn’s District 22 has been met with concerns about maintaining separation of church and state – and questions about how nearby public schools will be affected. Comment.
Bay News

Health insurance for seniors

Approaching age 65 is a big transition for most people, when questions about health insurance options become prime concerns. There are many options available and many choices to make. Comment.
Bay News

Guv says ‘I do’; others ‘No way’ - Brooklyn lawmaker joins effort to block gay marriage OK

While the borough’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling it another leap toward marriage equality in New York, a Brooklyn state legislator has opted to sue Governor David Paterson over his plans to acknowledge legal same-sex marriages outside the Empire State. Comment.
Bay News

Getting a leg up on cancer - Relay for Life gearing up for its most successful year ever

With the 10th annual Bay Ridge Relay for Life just days away, planning is picking up steam to make this year’s event the most successful one so far. Comment.
Bay News

Fundrasing gala

Brooklyn Housing & Family Services will hold its Annual Fundraising Dinner, June 19 from 7-11 p.m. at The Rex Manor, 1100 60th Street. Comment.
Bay News

Emergency preparation course

Do you know what to do in an emergency situation? Learn how, learn now at an Emergency Preparedness Workshop, June 17 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 5506 Church Avenue in Flatbush. Breakfast and refreshments will be served. Comment.
Bay News

Doc to give KCC address

Dr. Richard Maraia, chief of the Section on Molecular and Cell Biology, Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the address at the 43rd Kingsborough Community College commencement exercises. Comment.
Bay News

Design and construction

The Institute of Design and Construction, a fixture in the world of Architecture and Construction for more than 60 years, has announced another innovation: frequent Career Information Sessions. Comment.
Bay News

D.A. ‘forecloses’ on crooks

In today’s housing market there are home sellers, home buyers… and home stealers. Comment.
Bay News

Cuts mean fewer teachers, larger classes

Brooklyn schools are already feeling the effects of budget cuts to be implemented in September. Comment.
Bay News

Civic meeting

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association’s annual meeting and election of officers and directors will be held June 19 at 7:30 p.m., in the lower auditorium of the Kings Highway Reformed Church, Quentin Road and East 27th Street. Comment.
Bay News

Channeling John Brown- Brooklyn writer returns to Harper’s Ferry

As much as Park Slope writer John Cummings loves his adopted home, a part of him will always reside in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, the beautiful and historic Blue Ridge town in the Blue Ridge Mountains where he grew up. Comment.
Bay News

Cashing in on ‘The Real World’ - New MTV neighbors on Bridge St.

“The Real World” is coming to downtown Brooklyn and that means big business for local bars. Comment.
Bay News

Brooklyn Youths try on NYPD brass for size

The borough’s safety was left in the hands of children – at least for a little while – as precincts throughout Brooklyn opened their doors to “Police Commissioner for a Day” essay contest winners. Comment.
Bay News

Brighton calls for safer streets

A recent pedestrian fatality has sparked a new push for more street lights and signage on Brighton Beach Avenue, this paper has learned. Comment.
Bay News

Beachside patrol takes backseat - Questions about security linger as feud continues

A string of rapid-fire robberies in normally sedate Manhattan Beach last week has left members of the neighborhood’s private security force feeling a bit more than red-faced. Comment.
Bay News

Bare-knuckle fight over Iraq - Democratic hopefuls trade jabs on opposition to the war

If the sparks flying at a recent club meeting are any indication, it’s likely to be a long, hot summer for Brooklyn and Staten Island Democrats. Comment.
Bay News

An axe hangs over kids - School advocates fear DOE will be devastating

Budget cuts planned for Brooklyn schools this September will have devastating effects for schoolchildren, according to a local parents’ group. Comment.
Borough-wide

Alvin Ailey mastery rubs off on P.S. 194 dancers

Public School 194 third-graders received an A-plus for fancy footwork when they took to the stage for an end-of-year dance festival, proudly showcasing skills learned under the supervision of noted choreographers. Comment.
Bay News

A banner day for Public School 195

Public School 195 received two special gifts for its 60th birthday when Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz stopped by with a pair of American flags to celebrate the milestone anniversary. Comment.

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